After his last offering “Thikka” turned out to be disappointment, Sai Dharam Tej has teamed up with Gopichand Malineni, reputed producers ‘Tagore’ Madhu and Nallamalapu Bujji. Joining him as his love interest is Rakul Preet Singh. The combination has been the talking point. Since the film is set against the backdrop of horse racing – that is new and fresh, the film has maintained that interest. Trailer, songs have added more curiosity. Anasuya’s special item number is yet another reasons for the buzz surrounding the film.
Check out whether the film lived up to all the noise that it’s been making.
Young Siddharth (Sai Dharam Tej) hates his father (Jagapathi Babu) as his father neglects him by being involved in his work. Siddharth runs away from home and grows up into a youth hostel. He settles as an editor, publisher of a newspaper. Then he meets Sitara (Rakul Preet Singh) and falls for her. While he tries to impress her, Sitara’s father wants her to get married to Jagapathi Babu’s son Anoop, against her will. Sitara comes up with a plan and asks Siddhu to take up the challenge to win her. He agrees and turns into a horse jockey. Does Siddhu win Rakul and his father Jagapathi Babu?
Sai Dharam Tej has come up with good performance. The comedy scenes involving Sai, Rakul and Prudhvi are hilarious. Rakul is pretty glamourous. Comedians Prudhvi (Singam Sujatha) and Ali (Peter Hein) tickle the funny bone. Jagapathi Babu, Mukesh Rushi and Anoop all live upto their characters. Anasuya shines in the special song. She scorches the screen while she shakes her leg.
After “Pandaga Chesko,” Gopichand Malineni has taken up a simple story without much complications. He has recruited a good cast and crew. Especially cinematographer Chota K. Naidu and musician S.S. Thaman deserve special mention. While Chota makes the visuals refreshing, Thaman’s background score elevates the scenes.
The film begins with Rana’s voice over about horse racing. Sooner we see Anasuya dazzling in the song “Suya…Suya”. The first half of “Winner” is a light hearted entertainer and it’s engaging with Tej and Rakul. However, the film struggles post interval. It gets monotonous. But “Winner” picks up during the pre-climax and climax. The climax justifies the scenes that were kept open earlier. It connects all the dots and thus ends on bright note.
Early Second Half
“Winner” is a paisa-vasool film with all commercial ingredients in equal proportions.